SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Central Cambria High School’s women’s 3,200-meter relay team competed in Saturday’s race at the PIAA Class 2A Track and Field Championship competition as the top seed.
The Red Devils, with a runner returning from the 2021 state runner-up relay team, trailed District 10 Greenville early but made up ground in the second leg and eventually took the lead to stay.
The team of Alaina Sheehan, Abigail Sheehan, Annaliese Niebauer and Abbie George won the state championship in 9:30.53 at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium and carried on a Central Cambria tradition.
“It was a feeling like no other,” Niebauer said moments after the Red Devils took first place in the medal standings. “It was so amazing. I wish we could have that feeling forever.
The Central Cambria 3200 women’s relay has an impressive resume over the past six years. The Red Devils won the event’s state championships in 2016 and 2017 and won silver in 2018 and last year, as well as a fourth-place finish in 2019.
Alaina Sheehan started the run and put the Red Devils in a solid position even though Greenville were ahead.
“I knew since I was first, I really had to push myself and try to take the lead for my teammates,” said Alaina Sheehan. “I knew they would support me if I didn’t, but I did my best.”
Abigail Sheehan, Alaina’s twin sister, cut the deficit and had achieved her goal by the time her second round ended with a transfer to Niebauer.
“We were second when I took over,” said Abigail Sheehan, “but I knew that as long as I pushed hard enough and tried to catch her – I watched her the whole time – my teammates would be able to finish it well.
“I caught her at the end. I really pushed the last 200.
Niebauer took over just in time with his Greenville counterpart, then took the lead.
“My strategy was to try to get a good gap, maintain what my teammates had and make them proud,” said Annaliese Niebauer.
George said some of the pressure was gone once she ran the anchor leg.
“My goal was really, once I got the stint, if we had a lead, to maintain it, and if we didn’t, to push as hard as possible to get the girl in front of us,” said George. “Overall I just wanted to push because you never know what other girls teams may have.”
George was part of the 3200 meter relay team that won a silver medal in the 2021 PIAA Championship competition. Winning the gold medal obviously topped that experience.
“It’s so amazing. We are so excited. It’s a dream come true for us, honestly,” George said. “It felt like a little weight had been lifted off my chest. I still had to push, but there was at least a little lead that helped with that.
Greenville was second in 9:43.97. Bedford’s 3200 relay of Meah Eshelman, Jessica Dibert, Avrey Weaverling and Natalie Lippincott placed 16th (10:13.85).
Second silver medal
Forest Hills junior Delaney Dumm won her second silver medal in as many days, this time finishing second in the 3200 meter race. Dumm clocked a Forest Hills record 10:46.05, beating the previous mark of 10:52.
Dumm, who finished sixth in the 3,200 in 2021, finished behind defending champion Jolena Quarzo of Brownsville. Quarzo, a junior, set a PIAA record with a 10:19.41.
“I wanted to break our school record, but I didn’t think I could because it was 10:52,” Dumm said. “Then JoJo (Quarzo), I was with her a bit. The top three of us yesterday for the mile got the top three in the two miles, so that was great. It was all of us pretty much the whole race.
“JoJo started to drift away. I looked at her as a target to keep shooting and keep shooting. It helped me break my personal record.
Dumm also finished second to Quarzo in Friday’s 1,600 meter race.
“It’s phenomenal,” Dumm said. “I have to thank God and glorify God in everything I do.”
Julia Dill of Westmont Hilltop was 20th in the 3200 (12:06.74) and Jillian Bako of Meyersdale was 24th (13:36.67).
Bedford’s Autumn Becker was second and set a Bison women’s record with a 44.87 in the Class 2A 300 hurdles event. Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns won the event with a 44.78.
Richland’s sophomore, Sasha Garnett, placed third in the Class 2A women’s shot put with a throw of 39-10. Garnett hit the bronze mark on her third shot of the competition won by Shenango’s Emma Callahan with a 50-10.75.
Chestnut Ridge junior Ava Whysong placed fifth in the 2A 800 class with a time of 2:18.52.
“I mostly stayed in the middle and tried to stay in lanes 2 or 3 so I didn’t get stuck,” Whysong said. “It was a big field at the start, so I tried to stay ahead and take a lead. Halfway through, I felt so much adrenaline going through me.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, you’re with them. Push it now. You can have one more round and you’re done for the season. Just go.’ I think I was second and fell back on my (late) sprint. It’s unbelievable. I can’t believe I just did that. Coming in 12th seed, it’s unbelievable.
In the 2A 100 class, Mary Hostetter of Conemaugh Township placed eighth (13.02).
In the Class 3A 100m, Hailey Rios of Somerset placed eighth (12.37). Rios rebounded with a fourth-place finish in the 200m in 24.76. She didn’t place in the long jump but helped the 400-metre relay team to sixth in 49.49 seconds.
“It was good. I wouldn’t say it was what I expected,” Rios said. “I finished third going into the 100m final and came out eighth. bad. Long jump, I didn’t reach the final. Messed up steps. Then the 4 par 100, I was really happy with that. We were placed seventh and we took sixth. It was great.
“The 200 I did the PR. Overall it was a good day.
Rios anchored the 400 relay which also included Sydney Rush, Kamryn Ross and Abigail Urban.
Two teams from the region had impressive performances in the Class 2A 400 meter relay.
Conemaugh Township placed second with a team consisting of Asia Zwick, Izzy Slezak, Ellie Speigle and Hostetter. The Indians ran a 50.31.
Right behind them in third place was a Bedford stint of Ava Sipes, Becker, Jillian Beck and Grace Sarver at 50.4.
Conemaugh Township ran eighth on the track.
“I just knew that my start had to be fast. We’ve been training for this all year,” said Zwick, who raced the first leg. “We knew we could do better than eighth place. We definitely put everything on track. We put our foot down. »
Slezak took over in the second leg.
“We were honestly here to do our best no matter what spot we got,” Slezak said. “When I saw Asia coming into that corner, I knew I had to do my best too.”
Speigle felt the Indians were in a solid position in Game 3.
“It was a good race,” said Speigle. “As I was in the eighth lane, I knew we were well placed because there was no one in front of us.”
Hostetter won the silver medal.
“I had no idea where we were around the corner,” Speigle said. “I just took over and left as fast as I could and chased those girls.
“I’m so grateful that we were able to finish well and finish our season like this and finish my last year as well.”
Bedford also performed well in the race won by Central Columbia in 49.18.
“I was nervous. I prayed a lot before leaving,” Sipes said. “I just needed a good transfer and I got it.”
Becker felt she was part of two solid transfers to help the Bisons stay in the chase.
“My leg, there was someone next to me and I was trying my best to catch it,” Becker said. “There was a lot of adrenaline and it was about getting a good transfer with those two (Sipes and Beck).
Beck wanted to put Sarver in a position to use his speed to gain ground.
“I was just really trying to catch people up, so I could give Grace a good start, so she could get somewhere to the finish line,” Beck said.
Sarver was in a familiar position when finishing third.
“I just did what I always did,” Sarver said. “I grab one at a time and keep thinking to myself, ‘Just one more, one more. ”
To go up
Chestnut Ridge junior Madison Hillegass entered the weekend as the 13th seed in the 2A triple jump but went a personal best 36-4 to place eighth. She reached her best distance on her third attempt.
“I was ranked very low and honestly didn’t think I would make it in the districts,” Hillegass said. “I did one-foot PR in the districts and came here thinking it would be like (Long Jump Friday) and I wouldn’t be ranked. I did public relations and I placed.
Portage sophomore Cami Burkett placed seventh in the Class 2A 200 in 26.31.
“Honestly, my goal was to finish seventh and try to catch the girl in front,” Burkett said. “I was very happy with that.
“My friends are all here. Everyone came out to support Bella (Isabella Bartoletti), my javelin throwing teammate, and me. Just having everyone here with me and placing is a dream come true.